Refugees Connecting Our Community Union Scholarship

The mission of the Union Scholarship Fund is to promote and recognize students’ commitment to creating an inclusive campus community. The University Union strives to promote an inclusive campus community by cultivating an environment that serves students by providing social, cultural, leadership, and co-curricular opportunities. The Union acknowledges and recognizes students within our campus community for their dedication and commitment to creating an inclusive environment.

The Union Scholarship Fund provides one (1) scholarship of $5,000 to assist refugee students in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize students whose community engagement and service have, or will contribute to the overall mission of the Union. This includes students who are or will be associated with the different community service activities within the Union. These opportunities can include but are not limited to involvement with an office or event(s) in the Union.

The Refugees Connecting our Community Scholarship committee defines community engagement as, the process of working collaboratively with community groups and individuals to address issues that impact the well-being of those groups. For purposes of this scholarship and application, we also have a broad interpretation of the definition of community to mean the University of Utah, the Salt Lake City area, or your own neighborhood.

- This scholarship is available to refugee students currently at the University of Utah as well as incoming students anticipated to enroll for the 2018 fall semester
-Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 6 graduate credits at the University of Utah for the 2018 fall semester.
- Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from the University of Utah or prior institution.
-Candidates financial need will be assessed.
- Many students who are selected to receive a University scholarship after May 12, 2015, are required by state law to certify under penalty of perjury that they are eligible to receive the scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present within the United States. Students who have both graduated from a recognized Utah high school and who are awarded a scholarship funded by a private donor are not required to certify their lawful presence before receiving a privately funded scholarship. (This scholarship is a privately funded scholarship.)
- Students who are required to certify their lawful presence in the United States must also be submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for verification of their lawful presence within the United States. Once the University submits information to DHS for verification this federal agency may have the legal right to share information with other government agencies. If you do not know whether you are lawfully present within the United States you should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before accepting a University scholarship that requires certification and verification.

The recipients of the scholarship are expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of April 5th, 2018. The celebration helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship.

Please attach your resume when submitting application.
- Your resume should include community engagement/service experience. Please include the following details.
• The date you started and finished each experience
• How many hours per week you spent in these positions
• A brief description of each experience
- Your resume should also include any extracurricular activities, school involvement, and general hobbies which demonstrate education or community involvement. Please include the following details.
• The date you started and finished each activity
• How many hours per week you spent performing these activities
• A brief description of each activity
- Your resume should also include your educational history.
• Please include any higher education colleges/universities you’ve attended and any degrees earned or currently pursuing

Teresa Pond, M. Ed.
Assistant Director of Program Coordination
University of Utah University Union
200 S. Central Campus Dr.
Room 255
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 585-0628

Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please attach your resume when submitting your application. Refer to the description of this scholarship opportunity to see requirements for resume format.
  3. An essay describing future intent to engage in community service or development, contributing to the culture and values of the University of Utah.
  4. Applicants may choose to provide additional information that may not be reflected in their provided materials. Additional information may include family or financial hardship, or GPA misrepresentation.